Galeri Nev is presenting last winter’s highlight show, Necla Rüzgar’s “Fauna” at the ArtInternational, Istanbul, with the inclusion of works not seen before. While the galleries in Turkey were not yet engaged in international art fairs, Galeri Nev was among the first to participate to the Stockholm Fair in the years 1989 and 1990, but later completely moved away from such events. ArtInternational is therefore a major break for Nev. Having left behind thirty years, Nev will follow its tradition of three hundred solo exhibitions, and thus will curate its booth around a single artist and a single theme.
Along with polyester castings of Necla Rüzgar, realist sculptures made of found objects such as a shoe or a stone cracks will open the door of a familiar yet at the same time a strange world. This exceptionally fabulous world into which we step by being attracted to the life-size animal and woman figures will change its meaning as these figures will eminently hand in and glove with breathing. Encountering works in which the flesh becomes jewelry, the stone becomes flesh and the flesh becomes stone is expected to evoke admiration, astonishment, unease, shame, startle, and desire together.
A catalogue will accompany the show with texts by Susann Wintsch, curator and lecturer on Contemporary Arts at Zurich University of the Arts, and Nazile Kalaycı, associate professor of philosophy at Hacettepe University. Kalaycı describes “Fauna” as a highly significant and powerful exhibition which connects to the evil which is untraceable on the conscious, the traumatic events on the subconscious and the burden of the irreversible past.
Necla Rüzgar received her proficiency in art degree in 2004 at Hacettepe University Fine Arts Faculty, Department of Painting. As well as working as an associate professor at the same department, Rüzgar has exhibited her works in painting, photography and video at various cities, including İstanbul, İzmir, Diyarbakır, Berlin, Zürich and Seoul. Her works were exhibited recently at Akademi der Künste in Berlin and National Museum of Contemporary Art in Bucharest.
Gallery Nev will be hosting “Fauna” by Necla Rüzgar between 26th and 28th of September at booth D8, Haliç Congress Center, Istanbul.